2 Books for French Language Lovers | Shakespeare & Sparkle

My love for all things French started with the French language. Somewhere around high school I saw a French tv-series and became obsessed with learning the language. It all started with Je t’aime. To me it just sounded like the most beautiful way to say I love you. Admittedly I’ve forgotten quite a bit since my high school years, but I do still try to keep up my French by reading, watching movies and listening to music. I recently picked up two new books that are perfect for feeding your love for the French language.


When in French: Love in a Second Language | Lauren Collins

I went into this book expecting to read a love story, with a few funny anecdotes about living with a language barrier. But it turned out to be something quite different. Lauren Collins falls in love with a Frenchman, moves to Geneva and decides to start learning French. More than a memoir, When in French reads almost like a linguistic study all about misinterpretation, getting lost in translation and fun language quirks. It has plenty of funny moments (like when Lauren tells her mother-in-law that she’s given birth to a coffee machine). But it’s also chock-full of interesting facts about language. After reading this book you’ll be able to make witty conversational points like “Did you know that there’s a language where a verb can have more than a million forms?”.

One of my favourite thoughts in the book was that language can affect our personality. You can almost become a different person in different language. I’m for example more animated and enthusiastic in English. Since Finnish is a rather monotone language and words like ‘love’ and ‘adore’ aren’t really used much. I can love a lipstick in English, but I’d never say the same in Finnish.

French Love Poems

This little book became a best-seller around Valentine’s Day. And it’s no wonder, since there probably isn’t anything more romantic than the combination of French and poetry. It’s the tiniest book with a beautiful bright blue cover, that would make an absolutely gorgeous gift. On the inside you’ll find romantic French poetry classics form Charles Baudelaire to Rene Char. All the poems are printed both in French and in English, so you don’t have to worry if your French isn’t quite up to par.

Are you a French language lover?